Backpackers Outa Sight Outta Mind

One Month into a year long trial and the success of the new licensed car market in Kings Cross looks certain. The new backpackers market place, known as the Sydney Travellers Car Market, was an initiative of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore who due to her other role as an independent state MP was able to solve the seemingly intractable problem of dozens of backpackers camping & selling their cars along Victoria St, Potts Point.

The City of Sydney, in response to a deluge complaints from unhappy ratepayers, struck an agreement with Wilson’s Parking, the operators of the Ward Ave car park in Kings Cross where the new car market is located.  40 spaces have been set aside on Level 2 of the underground car park.  It was only a month ago that at times up to 30 or more cars & campervans belonging to young travellers from all over the world would line both sides of Victoria St from 9am to 6pm 7 days a week, taking parking from residents and causing local shop owners to suffer due to a lack of turnover in parking spots for their customers. This combined with the sellers often setting up makeshift picnic sites besides their vehicles, and even boiling water on the footpath for tea, coffee or that backpacker delicacy – 2 minute noodles.

The new car market has virtually solved the problems on Victoria St overnight and it’s easy to see why. The new car market provides an orderly, sheltered, centralised location for buyers to view the cars offered for sale by fellow travellers. The operator of the Car Market, Peter Burke, says “buyers are finding the environment and the advice regarding registrations & transfers very helpful and are therefore able to make a decision faster and with a greater degree of confidence, and nothing pleases the sellers more than a quick sale”

During the Car Market’s first 4 weeks over 60 cars have registered and almost 80% of vehicles have sold in less than 7 days

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The new car market will be known as the Sydney Travellers Car Market and will be run & managed by the management team behind Travellers Auto Barn, a successful national backpacker car dealer & campervan rental company, that has been working with backpackers since 1993 and has 6 branches around Australia. The Managing Director of Travellers Auto Barn, Peter Burke, was also the first ever manager of the original Kings Cross Backpackers Car Market back in 1991 before going on to establish Travellers Auto Barn. Mr Burke says “his experienced and well resourced team will ensure the success of the car market allowing Victoria St residents and shop owners to enjoy an ongoing return to relative normality, for what is a very bohemian inner city avenue”

The new Sydney Travellers Car Market is not associated in any way with the business known as “Kings Cross Car Market”, which is a licensed Motor Dealer in Woolloomooloo.

Peter Burke has previously held the positions of President, NSW Backpacker Operators Association and Chair of Backpacker Tourism Advisory Panel

Travellers Autobarn is the winner of the following awards;

  • 2011 Golden Backpack Award best car/campervan rental company – finalist
  • 2010 Golden Backpack Award best car/campervan rental company – Winner
  • 2009 Golden Backpack Award best National Transport Company – finalist
  • 2008 Golden Backpack Award best National Transport Company – Winner
  • 2007 Golden Backpack Award best National Transport Company – Winner.